business

Pathos

I have a hard time being pandered to. After years of working in technical support, where one is daily faced with an onslaught of frustrated people looking to get their problems solved, I’ve learned that all the things we teach customer service agents and other phone people is largely fluff. Our best years at the …

culture

Crudity/Comedy

I’ll admit. I’m a fan of crudity in comedy. I’m not a fan of insult comedy, but I’ve always been of the mind that it’s better to laugh than cry. Overt bigotry isn’t funny to me, but pointing out someone’s foibles can be, as long as it’s not done from a sense of ignorance. Pointing …

ethics

Happy Tree Fables

I always wanted to do something with Aesop’s Fables. Not that I particularly revere them or anything, but there’s a long history of moralist literature dating back thousands of years that seems to just go unquestioned by the majority. Given that a huge portion of my core self involves seeking alternatives to whatever scenario is …

depression

Depression, On Fire

When it comes to writing about depression, the words won’t come. I don’t know what it is, but writing honestly about depression induces writer’s block in me. It’s not something I talk about with others very often, or at all, but it’s been an old friend since I first learned God wasn’t real, and that …

culture

Things That Don’t Work For Me

I have a love of 1800s literature. It’s not an exclusive source of study for me, but I genuinely enjoy reading H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and the like. I like even older things, like Alexander Dumas and Shakespeare. I like newer classic authors like Bradbury, Asimov, Tolkien and Heinlein. I like even newer …

growth

Benign Gurus

I know there’s worse people in the world than self-help gurus. The sitting administration of the United States of America, with its xenophobia and corruption, for example. And purportedly, self-help gurus are trying to help people live better lives. So as much as we’d like to label the worst of them con men and move …

writing

Posthumous Fame

What is it about dying that automatically confers fame on artists? John Kennedy Toole. Michelle McNamara. Edgar Allen Poe. Kafka. Thoreau. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. Why are we waiting? Does death bring some kind of legitimacy? Would Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix be as revered if they’d lived? Or …